Five Minute Friday: Brave

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Brave. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Brave


I have a quote in my kitchen by Eleanor Roosevelt. It says “Do one thing every day that scares you.” It’s surrounded by other quotes with words like “expose beauty” and “hope…it perches in the soul” and ” watch the world with glittering eyes”. Each one is meaningful in it’s own way, but taken together, they form a manifesto of sorts. A plan for the way I hope to live my life–brave, with wonder, and a hope that never fades but sings a song that reverberates in my soul.

In my mind, bravery used to look like life changing decisions. Like jumping off cliffs and walking away from the known world and breaking all the rules. But, as I embraced all of these things over the last few years, I discovered there is also bravery in the staying. In the putting down roots, in the seemingly small gestures of love and goodwill. There is bravery in telling my simple life story. In trusting love, both given and received. Brave is waking up to the same person every day and walking the thin line of being a good parent and a good friend. Brave is showing up, every time, to the assembly and the game and the grocery store when you’d rather check out of real life. rather than stand in the check out line for the thousandth time.

Stand firm, friends. Allow hope to sing it’s song in your soul, watch the world with glittering eyes, and be brave enough to expose the beauty of your everyday. And go do something that scares you.


The quotes:

“Do one thing every day that scares you” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune–without the words, and never stops at all” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in the magic will never find it!” ~Roald Dahl

“Expose Beauty”~ me (and every other writer I know)


Tell me, what is your favorite quote and why?


  • I love this Kimberly!!! And those quotes… oh yeah! (I have the Emily Dickinson one in my home as well – LOVE it!)

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Emily’s is my favorite quote of all time. I’m not surprised you love it too:)

  • Beautiful. “Expose beauty” – I love that. Sometimes I have to dig through a lot of dirt to find something beautiful, but when I do it is so brilliantly wonderful that it shines.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Yes, lots of dirt to dig through!

  • i just LOVE this post, Kimberly. there’s bravery in finding the God directed balance for our lives, isn’t there?

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks, Richelle. I’m sure you have much wisdom to share when it comes to living brave.

  • This is beautiful. And I love the quotes.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      I would paper the walls with quotes if I could. It’s so good to see you, Mary. Thanks for popping by.

  • Kimberly Amici

    I love the quotes – also the idea of being brave enough to see the beauty of your every day.

  • Mia

    Dear Kimberly
    I love your words about allowing hope to sing a song in our souls. Beautiful!! I suffer from FM/CFS and I can honestly say that getting up every morning is a very brave thing I do every day. It is not easy, but with His grace we are always victorious!
    Blessings from FMF

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Living through suffering is a bravery all it’s own. You are so courageous, Mia.

  • I loved this so much–there IS bravery in the staying, in the persevering, in the being there, in the willingness to be small and supporting instead of continually at the center. Thanks for sharing.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks for reading:)

  • Denise Oldham

    Fabulous post.

  • Kristi R Atkinson

    Yes! I’m in a season too where bravery is simply showing up to my real life. Day after day, to the monotony and the glory of it all.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Showing up takes a lot of heart, no?

  • Michelle

    “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
    ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    …though some days I’m glad to take a break from the learning. 🙂

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Love this quote! Thanks for sharing. I could use a sabbatical myself:)

  • Kimberly, I’d like to live my life by this beautiful and brave manifesto, too! And, sometimes, the staying and getting up and doing it all over again is the only bravery we can muster. Until the glitter returns to our eyes. Such a beautiful write!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much:)

  • Oh, so much truth here. Thank you for reminding me of this. xo.

  • Mark Allman

    Bruce Barton said “Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” It is those small things that are important and if we do those well then we tend to do the big things well to.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this one, Mark.

  • Beth Hildebrand

    My favorite quote is from you: “There is bravery in telling my simple life story.” Oh how I need that reminder and encouragement! You’re such a beautiful writer and I enjoyed getting to know you when I read “about me”. Joy to you!

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thank you so much, Beth. For reading and for taking the time to get to “know” me:)